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by Quaker Mike
14 Mar 2018, 11:04pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: B'TWIN 900 Urban Waterproof Cycling Trousers
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

Re: B'TWIN 900 Urban Waterproof Cycling Trousers

Thanks for the comments friends. I've noted your problem with them Freiston, that's partly why i was concerned about sizes. It's a shame Cosmicbike that your legs are are longer than mine :) so size L may not be right for me. Luckily Decathon have a free returns policy, so I'll probably take a punt ...
by Quaker Mike
14 Mar 2018, 4:46pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: B'TWIN 900 Urban Waterproof Cycling Trousers
Replies: 9
Views: 1316

B'TWIN 900 Urban Waterproof Cycling Trousers

I'd love to buy a pair of these waterproof overtrousers, which incorporate shoe covers. However the Decathlon size charts only quote waist dimensions and not length. My usual trouser size is waist 34", inside leg 29". As far as I can determine from Decathlon's website either I need size Sm...
by Quaker Mike
28 May 2017, 5:59pm
Forum: Bikes & Bits – Technical section
Topic: DIY map holder mounted on bar bag
Replies: 10
Views: 1839

Re: DIY map holder mounted on bar bag

Be aware there's a fair bit of bounce in a bar bag, I never got on with trying to read the map in the Ortlieb map case. Klick fix do an attachment to fit stuff above the bracket, I don't think Ortlieb do anything similar (I haven't searched) Your ortlieb bag will fit the Klick Fix bracket but it al...
by Quaker Mike
22 May 2017, 7:56pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Mens padded undies
Replies: 8
Views: 3697

Mens padded undies

Does anyone know of suppliers of padded underware with button flies or Y-fronts?
by Quaker Mike
30 Nov 2016, 8:13pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Cycling in fog ?
Replies: 55
Views: 6915

Re: Cycling in fog ?

Thirdcrank's reminiscenses: I think we can be grateful that the legendary smogs of the 1950's are now history. The days of bus conductors walking in front of a bus as a guide are long gone - as are bus conductors, of course. I remember acetylene flares being used at junctions as markers. triggered h...
by Quaker Mike
27 Dec 2015, 3:42pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Lights
Replies: 51
Views: 2734

Re: Lights

I'd say that having two lights with a gap to distinguish them might be a good thing actually. Drivers notice lights, not cyclists. Having a a rear light either side of us would cause drivers to give us a bit more room when passing in my opinion. I doubt it would work in daylight but at night when t...
by Quaker Mike
12 Sep 2015, 6:11pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: "You can't ride in the middle of the road"
Replies: 19
Views: 1960

Re: "You can't ride in the middle of the road"

Elizabethsdad wrote: A lot of roads round our way have the same problem - so many cars parked on the road (and pavements - grrr!) - that the flow of traffic is reduced to one lane and everyone needs to slow down and be patient. On the whole I'd say most people are but the ones that aren't really sta...
by Quaker Mike
6 Sep 2014, 3:39pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Toe overlap - does it matter?
Replies: 12
Views: 1010

Re: Toe overlap - does it matter?

Many years ago, when it was fashionable to ride with hub gears through the summer, and then change to a fixed wheel in the winter, I got caught out. I'd had no problem with a new frame all summer, automatically stopping pedalling on tight turns, but the first time out on the fixed wheel, unable to s...
by Quaker Mike
29 Jul 2014, 9:29pm
Forum: Does anyone know … ?
Topic: Hip Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 1810

Re: Hip Replacement

I had my right hip replaced 19th September last year. I stayed off the bike through October, saw the surgeon on the 11th Nov. who when I pestered him about riding again finally said "if you can get on without over-flexing the hip joint (i.e. not over 90°)give it a go". Next day I tried my ...
by Quaker Mike
17 Jul 2014, 7:51pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trial ride East Kent
Replies: 10
Views: 4063

Re: Trial ride East Kent

Thanks to all of you for the helpful responses. There have some interesting suggestions to mull over. Meanwhile, thanks to Bob, I was encouraged to ring Kevin at D Tek, and he's persuaded me to go over there to try out an Anthrotech and other things. All I have to do now is to find a good friend who...
by Quaker Mike
15 Jul 2014, 8:35pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trial ride East Kent
Replies: 10
Views: 4063

Re: Trial ride East Kent

Bob, I'm not driving at present (had to sell the motor caravan), so Dtek is out of reach. As far as seat height is concerned, the medical advice is uncompromisingly "Your seat should be at least as high as your knee-joint to ground measurement. Don't sit in lower chairs - EVER". I always a...
by Quaker Mike
14 Jul 2014, 8:38pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Trial ride East Kent
Replies: 10
Views: 4063

Trial ride East Kent

I'm 80 years old, have ridden two wheelers for 76 of them, and an upright Longstaff for 3 of them. Now a combination of a leaking heart valve, a very irregular heard beat, and finally a fairly mild stroke has cut a regular 30 to 40 miles/day to a sporadic, breathless unstable 2 to 3 miles :( . THIS ...
by Quaker Mike
7 Jul 2014, 8:48pm
Forum: Non-standard, Human Powered Vehicles
Topic: Delta or Tadpole
Replies: 23
Views: 9101

Re: Delta or Tadpole

If you want a Rohloff (or hub gear) and electrics you can only manage this with a delta This is not strictly true.The Anthrotech trike from Germany ( http://www.anthrorech.de ) has a pedelec option with a crank drive, and also has the option of a Rohloff or a NuVinci continuously variable transmiss...
by Quaker Mike
2 Jul 2014, 7:50pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Nightmare drive
Replies: 134
Views: 13493

Re: Nightmare drive

I heard the one about vehicles having to reverse up a steep hill (Arthog hill) because the reverse gear is the lowest. Is it true, does anyone from back then know? I don't know about the lowest gear, but I do know that my uncle Billy's prewar (very!) car had the petrol tank mounted on the bulkhead ...
by Quaker Mike
27 Jun 2014, 8:03pm
Forum: On the road
Topic: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London
Replies: 27
Views: 10762

Re: Another cyclist killed by lorry in London

I got my first licence in 1953 ( I still have it somewhere, a natty little booklet with a red cloth reinforced cover). I drove several pre and post-war bangers (family cars) using it, and then in 1964 a brand new Bedford tipper. The Bedford was far easier to drive than some of the bangers!